Jehovah-Nissi/ Redemptive Gift Teacher-From Slaves to Sons (Part II)

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The battle with the Amalakites was the first battle the Israelites fought after their exodus from Egypt. (Please see Part I below for more explanation.) This battle took place before the day of cell phones and walkie-talkies. The only reliable communication would have been with banners. Each family unit, each group unit, each tribe, and each group of tribes had a banner. The Tabernacle itself was called the Covenant Banner. By looking at the banners, Israel’s military positions could readily be identified.

The Israelites had seen other nations’ banners and were aware that each banner represented a specific king. But Israel’s banner was not a woven piece of cloth. Their banner was the living fire by night and cloud by day that covered their nation.

Historically, when experienced armies defeated their foe, they would tear the banners of the enemy into shreds and tie these shreds onto their own banners. In the heat of battle, the weary warrior could look to the shreds on his banner, remember past victories, and gain courage to fight until another victory came.

Just before the battle with the Amalekites, Moses went up on the mountain so that this inexperienced ragtag slave army could see him. He lifted his rod up to the heavens, thus reminding the Israelites that their banner was the Living God of heaven.

As the warriors saw his rod lifted high, it was as if God Himself was reminding them of their past victories. Remember the Red Sea. Remember the plagues of Egypt. Remember, I AM your God. I AM the God of the cloud by day and the fire by night. I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I AM Jehovah, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and I AM Nissi, your Banner. I AM!

Yesterday they were a ragtag group of slaves. Yesterday they took no responsibility for themselves. But today they would move from slavery to sonship. Today they would shift from no inheritance to full inheritance. Today they would rise up in maturity and leadership and actively take responsibility for themselves and their nation.

I wonder as they ran to the battle, with fire coursing through their veins, did they feel the shift? The night before, they may have had many doubts and fears, but today they could smell the scent of victory.

As they fought throughout the day, Moses continued to hold up his rod, the reminder of the authority and power of their God, the God of cloud and fire.

However, as the day began to fade and the arms of Moses grew heavy, the battle still raged on. When his arms came down, the Israelites began to lose the fight. Would the assured victory of the morning end in defeat tonight? Suddenly, Hur and Aaron were there by Moses’ side. Taking his arms, they lifted the rod of God high. Leading the troops in the valley below, Joshua began to shout, “Look up! Fight on!” Rallying each other with shouts of “Remember the Red Sea!” and “Remember the plagues!” these passive, unseasoned warriors began to fight as sons. Sons of the God of the cloud and fire. Sons of Jehovah-Nissi. As this fresh wind of encouragement swept across the battlefield, the victory was theirs. Theirs to celebrate, theirs to relish. Theirs to tell their children in the days to come.

Teacher, there is a time to remain quiet, only watching, listening, pondering, and being passive. But there comes a time to fight. There is a time to wait, but there is a time to run into the fray. Is it difficult to shift from passivity to confrontation? Yes. Is it necessary? Yes. But know this, Teacher, when you arise to confront, the results are spectacular!

At this battle and shortly thereafter, a paradigm shift occurred in two arenas. By active participation, the slaves became sons, and the government of the nation shifted.

The Israelites’ perception of their God and themselves changed. Jehovah required them to be proactive, to be confrontational, and to participate in the battle. Because of this, the Israelites could count on His presence for the victory. They “got it!” He was their God, and they were his sons. They saw themselves as He saw them. His people. His nation. His sons.

But more took place than the victory in the valley. Aaron and Hur had stepped up to the plate during the battle and were now ready for more responsibility in the camp. Moses began to recognize maturity, leadership ability, and a new level of trustworthiness in the people. Trusting the people with increased authority, a new governmental system was established by Moses upon the advice of his father-in-law, Jethro.

Exodus 18:20-21. “And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” 

Now these passive slaves had become responsible governmental leaders. Moses appointed judges among the people because he was willing to share the burden of leadership with these reliable, dependable sons of God.

Once again, we see the double blessing of the Teacher gift in this portion. We see the shift from passive slaves to proactive sons and a governmental shift for the nation.

 

Jehovah-Nissi/ Redemptive Gift Teacher-The Lord our Banner (Part I)

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Your Destiny, His Glory! 

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Over the next few weeks I am posting excerpts from my new book, Your Destiny, His Glory! Hope you enjoy and order a copy soon! Other comparisons for the Teacher gift are the Priest hood as a whole and the Showbread of the Tabernacle and the Third day of creation. All of these and more are discussed in detail in my upcoming book, Your Destiny, His Glory!

Because the Teacher gift seems to always carry a double portion I will be posting this in two posts.

Exodus 17:8. Jehovah-Nissi. Our standard. Our victory. The battle with the Amalekites was quite the game changer for the nation of Israel. Until this battle, they had functioned as slaves. But on this day they began to see themselves as Jehovah saw them: the sons of Israel, a nation set apart for Himself. No longer passive slaves, on this day they would acknowledge themselves as His sons.

There is a huge difference between a slave and a son. The slave makes no decisions for himself, and his master provides all his needs. If he doesn’t have it, he doesn’t need it. Even if the obedient slave is well-treated and loved, he does not share in the father’s estate. Neither does he own any property, including his own life.

A son, on the other hand, has relationship with his father, gets his identity from his father, and takes responsibility for his father’s property.

Until this battle, the nation of Israel had expected Moses and his rod to meet all of their needs. This was rather like being a slave in Egypt. In Egypt, the rod of Moses turned the water to blood and brought the flies, frogs, and other plagues. When they needed deliverance at the Red Sea, Moses’ rod parted the sea, and they crossed over on dry ground. When they needed anything at all, they looked to Moses’ rod for their provision.

Since they saw themselves as slaves, the predatory Amalekites also saw them this way and attacked to enslave them again. The Israelites’ first inclination was to look to the rod of Moses for deliverance. After all, that is what slaves do. Assuming no responsibility, the people would passively wait for the Lord and Moses to take care of any problem they might encounter.

Ah! But this day was different. Moses called the people together and brought Joshua up front. The Lord had promised to be their God and their Father, but if they were to be his sons, they would need to take responsibility and actually fight in a battle led by Joshua.

What? Where was Moses’ rod? You know—the one with the power, the one that parts the seas and defeats enemies? Can you imagine their questions?

No rod of deliverance today. This day they would strap on a sword and fight. Were they a little anxious? Probably so. They had never actually fought in a battle. But they could see the fire by night and the cloud by day. They had come to recognize this Presence that was alive, powerful, and stayed with them constantly. They referred to His Presence as their Banner.

Did they trust Joshua and Moses? Yes.

Would the Lord go with them? Yes.

Would he show His supernatural presence as at the Red Sea? Yes.

Determined, they rose up that day, ready to fight.

Next post: The shift from slaves to sons!

Jehovah-Rapha and Servant Redemptive Gift

The compound name of Jehovah-Rapha was given at the cleansing waters of Marah in Exodus 15. Other comparisons for the servant are the Bronze Laver of the Tabernacle and the Second day of creation. All of these and more are discussed in detail in my upcoming book, Your Destiny, His Glory! To be released on our website June 26 at msrepairersofthebreach.com. Be watching!

 

Release Date June 26!
Release Date
June 26!

As soon as the children of Israel grew tired and thirsty in their journey, they began to complain to Moses. Consequently, the Lord led them to bitter water. Directing Moses to a specific branch, God instructed His leader to throw it into the water. When Moses obeyed, the water became sweet.

Historically, the water at Marah was white rather than muddy or clear. It contained the minerals, magnesium and calcium. Here God told the Israelites that none of the diseases of Egypt would follow them. He revealed His name as Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord your healer or the Lord your health-keeping God.

In Egypt, both the Israelites and their animals drank water from the Nile River. They washed their clothes in it, took their baths in it, and probably still carried parasites from it. Facing the ominous task of crossing a desert, which would be a long, hot trek across scorching sand, God brought them to the bitter waters of Marah. Dry and thirsty, they all drank some of this water, even though it was very bitter.

Are you familiar with the effects of magnesium on our digestive system? It will cleanse your system. And so it did to the Israelites. Just a small amount of this mineral water sent them running to the latrine, wherever that was in the wilderness. Not pleasant, but quite effective to rid the body of parasites.

Drinking this water would also have put large amounts of magnesium and calcium, better known to athletes as dolomite, into their bodies. Long distance runners use this supplement to keep their muscles from cramping as they sweat, especially for long treks crossing hot deserts with scorching sand.

Get the picture? God was using the bitter water to cleanse their bodies and prepare them for a desert crossing. Preparing them for a new diet, a new way of life, He would give to them living water rather than the parasite-infested, slow-moving Nile River. He would give them new ways to stay healthy and prepare them for what was ahead. He was their health-keeping God. He promised “If you will… Then none of these diseases will come upon you.”

If you will obey Me, if you will follow My laws, if you will keep My covenant, then I will keep you healthy, whole, and prepared for any difficulty that lies ahead.

The unseen Servant helps keep the Church healthy by taking care of small details. Embracing bitterness, doing dirty jobs, loving the hard to love, and seeing and meeting needs, the Servant performs all these tasks behind the scenes. He is unnoticed, taken for granted, and yet so essential to keep the Church ready, moving and prepared for what is ahead.

At one time or another, we all come to bitter waters. By creating a safe atmosphere of hospitality, releasing living water through his words and actions, the Servant can prepare a place for others to find healing and comfort in the middle of difficult circumstances.

 

Redemptive Gift Prophet/Perceiver & Jehovah Jireh

Genesis 22:8, 14. “And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering… And Abraham called the name of the place, Jehovah Jireh, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’”

 

“God will provide Himself, the lamb.” Many times when we invoke the name of Jehovah Jireh, we are focused on His provision for our material possessions. As we look more closely, Jehovah Rohe, our Shepherd, is the one who supplies our physical needs. Jehovah-Jireh is directly related to the sacrifice of the lamb, the precious Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. God provided Himself, the lamb.

In the beginning our Father chose to sacrifice His only Son and here Abraham was asked to do the same. This is a life for life situation and such a beautiful picture of our redemption, the complete work of the blood of Jesus, the ram in the bush.

Because the prophet/perceiver walks in a spirit of excellence, he is always striving to reach higher, do it better and he is willing to embrace great pain to achieve this standard. Yet this standard is too high for him to reach 100% of the time. And because to the prophet it is either right or wrong, black or white, he is quick to point out when other do not meet this standard either.

The sacrifice and blood of the ram in the bush was a black or white issue. It’s all or nothing. Forgiveness versus unforgiveness. Freedom versus bondage. Either you are in or out, no in between. Here the prophet meets the impassable, unachievable standard. He must choose to receive this grace at the altar of the lamb, and understand that Jehovah Jireh made full provision for his sin, 100%. There is nothing he can do to earn it, buy it, nor embrace enough pain to attain it. The only thing required at this altar is a broken and contrite heart of repentance.

However, the carnal prophet has a difficult time of recognizing when he is wrong or that he has missed the mark. In his heart he says ‘but if only they would have done such and such.” or “I realize I was wrong, but..” For the carnal prophet there are always many buts or if only’s. Accepting full responsibility for his missing the mark comes hard, and the grace seems too easy to accept.

As he embraces Jehovah Jireh’s full sacrifice, understanding he can add nothing, and dies to his efforts and striving, he shifts into freedom! 100% free! Isaac was totally set free by the blood of the ram in the bush, and the prophet is totally set free by the blood of the Lamb of God. As the Prophet embraces the full provision of Jehovah Jireh to cleanse him of all his unrighteousness, his astounding ability to communicate this principle of freedom brings restoration and life to others. His ability to see the end from the beginning gives him a glimpse of what others would look like if they were walking in full restoration. Seeing clearly the principle of freedom by the blood of Jesus, he is quick to declare this truth to all who will listen.

This gives us yet another brief look into the heart of the redemptive gift of prophet/perceiver.

Other comparisons for the prophet are the Brazen Altar of the Tabernacle and the first day of creation. All of these and more are discussed in much more detail in my upcoming book, Your Destiny, His Glory! To be released on our website June 26. Be watching!

Release Date June 26!
Release Date
June 26!

A Closer Look at the Redemptive or Grace Gifts

Today I will begin a series about the redemptive or grace gifts from Romans 12.  Please see ‘Redemptive Gifts’ in the menu at the top of page for an explanation of the Redemptive Gifts teaching.

The first seven blogs will be comparing the redemptive/grace gifts to the seven compound Names of Jehovah. Because all of these seven names begin with Jehovah, we must start there to get an understanding of that part of the name.

Our Great King cannot be limited by a name. He longs for us to know Him and have relationship with Him. Seven times in the Old Testament, He spoke His name prefaced by Jehovah. His name is so sacred the Israelites dare not even pronounce it. They called Him “Jah” or Jehovah, the sound of breath. It would be impossible to put into this space the full meaning of the name Jehovah. In fact, His name, His character can only be known in small increments because He is so wonderfully huge. He is incomprehensible and indescribable in the fullest sense of the words. A small definition of the name Jehovah is “the great supreme, sovereign Judge and God of the Universe, the Self-existent One, eternal, most vehemently holy Lord and Master.”

Over the next few weeks we will study these seven compound names of Jehovah. God’s heart is for us to discover more of His character. Serving Him is wonderful, but He longs for relationship. He created us to know Him, love Him, and trust Him as Father. Each of these names gives us a deeper, richer revelation of His loving nature. He is always good.

As we look at each of these names in relationship to the Romans 12 gifts, we will see the correlation of His character as it meets a specific need in the corresponding grace gift.

Note about the lists of seven: There are well over 100 “lists of sevens” found in the Bible. Our focus in this blog is the seven redemptive or grace gifts found in Romans 12. However, when researching other “lists of sevens,” our attention is drawn to the common characteristics of corresponding numbers on each of these lists.  The Prophet/Perceiver is the first on the list of gifts found in Romans 12 and Jehovah Jireh is the first in the seven compound names of Jehovah.  As we examine each correlating ‘first’ on the other ‘lists of sevens’ we discover insight into the heart and personality of the prophet/perceiver gift. Other lists of seven include the furniture in the Tabernacle, the days of creation and the seven last words of Jesus on the cross.